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Archive for February 6th, 2012

Brits Release Cleric With Suspected Ties to al Qaeda

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s something bound to cause a stir and heighten anxiety:

CNN reported Monday that a British court granted bail to a radical cleric Abu Qatada, who is accused of having links to al Qaeda.

CNN reported that Abu Qatada has been imprisoned for years and has been fighting deportation to Jordan after he was arrested for being a suspected terrorism.

The Home Office, which is the United Kingdom’s government agency responsible for immigration control, security, and order, opposed bail, according to CNN.

“This is a dangerous man who we believe poses a real threat to our security,” the Home Office said through a spokesperson,, according to CNN “… This is not the end of the road and we are continuing to consider our legal options.”

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US Citizen Denied Re-entry After Trip to Libya

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

An Oregon man is defending his innocence after being banned from flying back into the United States, reports FOX News.

After flying to Libya, Jamal Tarhuni’s native country, to distribute medicine and supplies during the country’s recent violent revolution, the 55-year-old naturalized citizen of the US was barred from boarding a flight homeward bound from an airport in Tunisia on Jan. 17, according to FOX. There, FBI agents interrogated Tarhuni for reasons he says he does not know.

“I very strongly believe the FBI violated my constitutional rights as an American citizen,”said Jamal Tarhuni.

The story was first reported by Kari Huus of MSNBC.com.

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What Part of “Don’t Bring Guns to the Airport” Don’t People Understand?

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What part of “don’t bring guns to the airport” don’t people understand?

It still fails to amaze.

As part of an occasional story on the issue, we report that 31 people from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 were caught at airport checkpoints in the U.S. with guns, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number is considered on the higher end of the spectrum. The numbers generally range from the teens to the 30s for a week.

Authorities have said in the past that some people — including cops and hunters — say they forgot they had the weapon in their bag.

 

How Whitey Bulger Corrupted the Justice System

By NPR Staff

When Whitey Bulger was captured last year, he’d spent close to 20 years on the run — and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Bulger was the head of an Irish gang terrorizing the streets of South Boston. The Massachusetts State Police wanted him gone, but curiously couldn’t touch him.

Why? Bulger was a confidential FBI informant, and the bureau shielded him for years.

Robert Fitzpatrick, the author of Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, says Bulger was widely known to be an unsavory character.

“He’s a stone killer, has been known to be a hit man for the Mafia out of Providence, and he’s also known to be the head of the Winter Hill gang, a bunch of Irish guys trying to take over the rackets, extortion and the drug stuff up in Boston,” Fitzpatrick tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Detroit Industrial Building Busted for Housing Pot Growers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Known in recent years for the young artists that have taken over abandoned parts of the hulking structure, Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center was raided at 10 a.m. on Friday as a part of a federal investigation into illegal marijuana production, the Detroit News reports.

Four people were arrested at the building after DEA agents executed search warrants at the large warehouse, which also houses printing, bindery, woodworking and graphics firms, according to the Detroit News.

“We need this; the city has lost control. The drug dealers control everything,” said Detroit resident James Turner, who works near the building.

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Hezbollah Looking to US-Mexico Border, Former DEA Official Tells Congress

 

Michael Braun

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Former DEA chief of operations Michael Braun told members of a House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday that the reach of influence of Hezbollah, the Iranian-supported Shi’ite terrorist group based in Lebanon, has reached the US-Mexico border, reports CNS News.

Hezbollah developed relationships with Mexican drug cartels to “move their agendas forward,” Braun is quoted as saying. A plot recently uncovered by the DEA alleges that an Iranian operative in Mexico had plotted to  the assassinate the Saudi ambassador in DC, according to CNS.

“Hezbollah are absolute masters at forming close relationships with existing organized crime groups around the world that helps them facilitate what they need to do to move their agendas forward,” Braun told CNS. “And if anyone thinks for a moment that they don’t have their eye on the southwest border and all of our country, then they couldn’t be more wrong.”

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Big Cocaine Drug Bust on New York Thruway

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

One moment you’re driving down a New York state Thruway and the next you’re in prison facing drug charges in connection with violent Mexican drug cartel.

Texas residents Ruby Irene Maxwell, Mary Ann Selgado and Matthew Octavious Sandoval were arrested after their vehicle was searched on a state thruway and police officers found 10 kilos of cocaine, reports ABC. The DEA also accused the trio of being associated with a mid-level member of Los Zetas, the infamous Mexican drug cartel, according to ABC. The agents had notified New York State Police, who then stopped the three near the town of Salina.

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31 Charged in Texas DEA Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A three-month-long DEA operation ended with federal drug and firearm charges filed against 31 people, CBS reports. The charges were made in the Texas towns of Midland and Odessa by the DEA’s Mobile Enforcement Team.

Most defendants were arrested Thursday morning or were already in custody, according to CBS. The charges include conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of firearms by prohibited persons. The controlled substances involved in the charges include crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, BZP and hydrocodone.

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